Why do I teach?

Editors Note:  An extraordinarily moving piece by a teacher who blogs using the name Jo Lieb

I wrote this April 11, 2005. I was contemplating leaving the profession at that time. I didn’t. And despite all the horror we are going through almost 10 years later, there is nothing else I want to be doing. I just added this to the main page of my revived Poetic Justice blog so i would remember why ….

How can I say “no” to them and walk away?

Last week, the dark child brightened up.
Yesterday, the angry child smiled.
Just today, the sad child laughed.
And tomorrow, the child beyond hope, will graduate.

Each child a new challenge.
Each challenge a routine and a painful burden.
Each burden, mine to bear for a brief period of time –
my special chance to help God perform His miracle
in each child.

We teach because we are called to teach.
We teach because the children need us now.
We teach because we need to love them.
We teach because it is life to us.

How can we say “no” to them and walk away?

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